First hatch, would like some hand-holding, please. NOT an emergency!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by ranchhand, Feb 21, 2009.

  1. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

    Aug 25, 2008
    Some of you know I am attempting my first hatching- I have been sitting on my hands for 18 days, and now... I'm am nervous!

    The eggs went into the Hovabator 1588 with auto turner on Monday, Feb, 2nd at 8:30 p.m. By my count, yesterday evening, Feb. 20th was the start of the 18th day. The eggs are from my EE roo John Henry, and his 7 BR hens. All chickens are approximately one year old.

    The 1588 held a steady temp of 100 F. the entire time, and humidity was mostly stable at 50%. The only fluctuations were when adding water and trying to candle. One egg was clear, so I pitched it.

    After much internal debate, I decided to use the eggs carton method for hatching. So last night I removed the turner, lined part of the screen with shelf liner and put the remaining 17 eggs in three separate six-pack cartons, added water to the center tray per the instructions that came with the 'bator. I cut the tops and edges off the cartons.

    The "bator has dropped to 99 degrees since the turner came out, and humidity is steady at 62%.

    Here's the question part-

    1. Did I count the days properly?

    2. I forgot to cut the bottoms of the cartons open. Should I do it now? (gently and quickly do a swap for cut cartons?)

    3. Is the drop in temp a problem, and if so, how to raise it?

    4. Is the humidity okay? I have seen advisories about humidity covering a wide range.

    And now, a pic!


    Thanks for any help, in advance! [​IMG]

    And it all ya'lls fault!!! [​IMG]
    Last edited: Feb 21, 2009
  2. jnjross

    jnjross Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 3, 2008
    edwards, ms
    now sit on hands till monday [​IMG]
  3. freddy22

    freddy22 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 2, 2008
    sounds like your days are counted correctly and you stopped turning them which is good...if i could make a suggestion on the cartons it would be to remove the cartons and just let the eggs lay in the bator, i think you are going to like the result.....temp. is fine as long as it doesnt continue to drop...your humidity sounds fine as well....just monitor it over the next couple of days
  4. miss_jayne

    miss_jayne Lady_Jayne

    Jun 26, 2008
    Columbiaville, MI
    Quote:hand holding commencing right now!

    1. that's how i would have counted them.

    2. some cut them out and some don't.

    3. your temp could go up about 1/2 a degree, but i wouldn't panic.

    4. your humidity is should be lower at this time. not until hatching day do you want to be 60%.

    saying all that, that is just how i do things. i am no master of incubation by any means.

    i hope everything works out just ducky! or um, chicky...[​IMG]
  5. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

    Aug 25, 2008
    Quote:Hi freddy22, I thought long and hard, and did a ton of reading, because I know it is subject to much debate. I mostly got the final nudge to carton hatching after realizing how the hens "stabilize" their hatching eggs. Gives the chicks a bit more leverage, it seems. I was going to do half and half, and decided to quit being chicken and go for it. Depending upon how this turns out, I 'll decide if I shall continue with cartons or not.

    Thanks for the help! [​IMG]
  6. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

    Aug 25, 2008
    Quote:I'm TRYING!!! [​IMG]
  7. RonnieAtkeson

    RonnieAtkeson Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 12, 2008
    Tahlequah Oklahoma
    Congrats on getting ready. Im on my first hatch and got the eggs in a carton. Ive got 8 pips on 8 eggs so far. Im on day 20. heard chirping last nite and today had the pips [​IMG] I cant quit starrin at the bator. Zip tie your hands behind your back and wait [​IMG]
  8. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

    May 19, 2008
    Western MA
    good luck! [​IMG]
  9. mahen8622

    mahen8622 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 19, 2009
    im sorta in the same boat however i cant get my humidity to go over 47% how can i boost it up? ive added water thru my vent holes but that doesnt help...
  10. SundownWaterfowl

    SundownWaterfowl Overrun With Chickens

    Quote:take a brand new sponge, soak it with hot water, and add it to the bator.

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